THE VIEW FROM CHAOS MANOR
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November 21, 2005
I have an enormous pile of mail to deal with, much of it excellent, on a variety of topics. It will take a couple of hours to get it up, and I'll probably be doing it in chunks, so that will take most of the day. My BYTE COLUMN on the Sony Rootkit and reform of the Digital Millennium Communications Act is up over at www.byte.com and under the terms of my contract with BYTE they have exclusive rights for a quarter. It's all pretty good if I do say so, and worth your time.
I'll be working on mail for a while now.
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The days just keep being eaten by locusts. I continue to work on learning podcasting. And there's always more mail. Do see the new phishing warnings.
For your amusement: RMS accosted by UN
security for wearing a tin-foil hat. No permalink (odd, Perens should know better); it's
currently at the top:
RMS accosted by UN security for wearing a tin-foil hat.
No permalink (odd, Perens should know better); it's currently at the
I get over a hundred non-spam emails a day. When we have a hot topic that can double. Because I only print those I find interesting or relevant, most of them languish, often unacknowledged. Given the time I have available there's little I can do about that.
If we were to double the number of subscribers I could delegate some of the mail to a reader, but that would also require some changes in headers and rules so that private and personal mail would never be forwarded (I don't give anyone access to my mail and wouldn't even if we do change to some kind of reader system). If we had a system with explicit headers (OK FOR READER or something like that) it would save some time, but I fear not a lot, because one of the toughest jobs I have is deciding which of many messages on the same subject I ought to print and answer. Most of my mail is well done and thoughtful, probably because I don't bother to read anything that is merely trivial or flames, and seldom print any of that (except as horrible examples).
So: if you wrote me on a popular subject and saw another letter much like it, that's why. I prefer to publish entire letters rather than snippets (well, I will remove asides and irrelevancies), and given my time limits, letters that need little editing are preferable to those that I have to pound into shape. And if I find a good letter on a subject, I may get it up before seeing a better one. In which case I can either put up both, leaving the overlap and redundancy; edit the second one, which is usually not a good thing to do; or just figure the first one is Good Enough. The latter course it the more usual. So if you thought you had a good contribution and saw one that wasn't as good, that's probably what happened. Apologies, but there is little I can do about it.
And, of course, I look at subscriber mail first, then to reliable contributors whose names I recognize, and finally to the general mail. And some days I don't have a lot of time for the last category, and have to read that in big batches, by which time it may not longer be relevant.
This site takes a lot of work. I fear it is getting to the point where I will need more subscribers so that I can pay one of the Associates to handle some of the details. Be assured, I will never send mail off to anyone else to read unless it is clearly marked as OK FOR READER.
November 23, 2005
Holidays mean family and visitors, so this week things will be a bit sparse.
Most of the news is on stuff I covered in the column, and I have to be careful to make anything I say here different and complementary. Incidentally, if you haven't looked at CMP subscriptions, they've made some good changes. You get a good bit for the subscription. See www.byte.com for details. Do note that subscriptions here are not the same as subscriptions to BYTE or vice versa.
It's lunch time and 3 PM in Virginia and I need to call Phil's family back there. He's somewhere in the Atlantic with USNV Swift. You may recall his reports from New Orleans. See the Old Index page for other references. Back in a bit.
You may have seen this already...
I have not seen it, and of course I would never advise anyone to break the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by defeating a copy protection scheme or telling others how to defeat such a scheme. It is a felony under that act to do so.
“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble,… “the law is a ass—a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience.”
November 24, 2005
"For what we are about to receive may we be truly thankful."
Old gunner's prayer.
The house is filled. Three of the boys are home -- we miss Phillip who is off the coast of Sicily on his way to Venice -- but there are friends and relatives and much to be thankful for.
November 25, 2005
Cleaning up after yesterday.
November 26, 2005
Mild case of something, not important, but I am not fit to be around people.
We'll have a walk and I'll catch up later.
November 27, 2005
I took the day off.
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